When I was younger, I loved looking at letters to editors from magazines like the Reader’s digest. I do not remember which version we got, but they did have people from other parts of the world and fewer contributions from India locally. This changed over the years, and so did the humour, but I remember the excitement of figuring out the punchline.
This book brought back those memories. It begins with general letters followed by more specific politics related ones. I did not get the latter ones because I have little to no understanding of the British political system. I liked that they printed the letters from both sides of a viewpoint (sometimes).
It is a collection of people who thought they had something to say intelligently and sent letters in. They did not get into the newspaper but got collected instead and put into this book.
It is a relatively quick read, although it cannot be read in one sitting, each section probably can. I enjoyed the experience, found some funnier than others, but I think it will resonate more with Britishers. Funnily enough, the disease ravaging the world has put much of the world in the same boat(for the first time ever I’d say, given that during wars there are opposing sides), so I think I ‘got’ parts of some letters which I might not have on any good year.
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.